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Austin Seferian-JenkinsThe Pac-12 North is viewed as a two-team race in 2013. Oregon and Stanford are the class of the North, but there are a lot of eyes on Washington this year.

The Huskies have a revamped and improved Husky Stadium after spending a year in the Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field, and Washington will open with Boise State on Aug. 31. But the Huskies didn’t draw a favorable conference slate, as they catch Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and UCLA in crossover play, with road trips to Oregon State and Stanford also on the Pac-12 schedule.

With a challenging schedule, Washington needs a big year from quarterback Keith Price. After throwing for 3,063 yards and 33 touchdowns in 2011, Price tossed 13 interceptions and regressed in yardage (2,728) last year. Price didn’t have a lot of help from his offensive line in 2012, which is still a concern heading into this year.
 

What will Washington's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 

Washington's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

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8/31 Boise State
9/14 Illinois (Chicago)
9/21 Idaho State
9/28 Arizona
10/5 at Stanford
10/12 Oregon
10/19 at Arizona State
10/26 California
11/9 Colorado
11/15 at UCLA
11/23 at Oregon State
11/29 Washington State
Final Projection8-47-57-58-48-4

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Considering how difficult Washington’s schedule is, it’s very possible the Huskies are a better team, but the progress won’t show in the win column. Much of Washington’s success in 2013 will ride on an improved offensive line, along with the return of quarterback Keith Price to an All-Pac-12 level. Just how difficult is the schedule? Well, there could be four losses on first glance: at Stanford, Oregon, at Arizona State and at UCLA. And games at Oregon State and home against Boise State are tossups or swing games. With the status of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and receiver Kasen Williams uncertain for the opener against the Broncos, I’m going to lean slightly with Boise State on Aug. 31. But I’m going to give Washington – especially with Seferian-Jenkins and Williams back in the lineup – a win over Oregon State on Nov. 23. After three consecutive seven-win seasons, the Huskies find a way to get to eight wins and finish third in the Pac-12 North in 2013.


Mark Ross
I like this Washington team, as I think the offense, with quarterback Keith Price, running back Bishop Sankey and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins leading the way, has a chance to do some damage. The defense also has a lot of talent and experience returning. The problem I see for the Huskies this season, however, is their schedule. Washington opens by hosting Boise State in brand-new Husky Stadium. Unfortunately, I don't see that one going Steve Sarkisian's way, and October is shaping up to be a pretty rough month as well with Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State lined up in a row.

Getting to six wins shouldn't be a problem for this team. The thing to watch is if these Huskies are able to pull of an upset or two along the way, such as on the road against Oregon State or UCLA. The potential is there for eight or even nine wins, but to get there Washington has to show up for the big games (lost to both Arizona and Oregon on the road last season by a combined score of 104-38) and must win the Apple Cup at home against in-state rival Washington State, something the Huskies did not do last season.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)
If Washington is going to get over that 7-6 hump where the Huskies have been stuck the last three seasons, they’re going to have to win on the road. That hasn’t been easy — Washington is 6-11 on the road the last three years. It’s hard to believe Washington defeated Stanford last season, but that’s not going to happen again in Palo Alto with the Cardinal’s offensive line against Washington’s weakness on the defensive front. After that, the Huskies have three winnable Pac-12 road games in Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon State. Washington's defense was one of the most improved units in the country last season (from 6.2 yards per play in Pac-12 games to 5.3). The skill positions are among the best in the league at receiver, running back and tight end. Four linemen are back. That puts the onus on Keith Price, who underachieved last season. I’ll pick Washington to beat Oregon State, which is minus lockdown corner Jordan Poyer.

Kyle Kensing, Saturday Blitz (@Kensing45)
Great recruiting classes add up to equal talent and experience on what is easily the best Washington team of the Steve Sarkisian era. He will finally get over the seven-win mark, but the question is by how much?

Justin Wilcox led a remarkable one-year turnaround of the defense that should carry over into 2013. Unfortunately for the Huskies, offensive regression coincided with the defensive improvement to keep UW from meeting its potential. Keith Price must bounce back to his 2011 level of play for UW to elevate from a good, second tier Pac-12 team to a legitimate Rose Bowl contender. We should get a sense of where the Huskies are immediately against always-outstanding Boise State, which beat UW in the final game of last season.

The Huskies' four-game stretch to open Pac-12 play is season-defining. They open at home with two teams that beat them last year, Arizona and Oregon, and must travel to face defending conference champion Stanford, then travel to face an Arizona State that is my pick to win the South. Coming out of that spell 2-2 would be a major win. Should UW go 3-1, it positions itself at a run for the conference championship game.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)
If Coach Sark can combine his offense from 2011 with his defense in 2012, this team might be capable of winning the Pac-12. The defensive coaching changes made last year were wildly effective and this unit should once again be salty. Keith Price, however, needs to revert to his record-setting form from two years ago — and there is no reason to think that won't happen considering his now healthy O-line and talented supporting skill cast. Late season road games with Arizona State, UCLA and Oregon State will determine if this team is a 9-10 win team or a 6-7 win team. I will go right in the middle.

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The Big Ten Media Days are underway in Chicago, but the news continues from around the rest of college football.

Contact us on twitter with a link or a tip we should include each day. (@AthlonSteven)


College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Wednesday, July 24th


Mike Leach blasts the new targeting rule.

A timeline has been set for the renovation of Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium.

Virginia Tech's new coaches have brought a "culture shock" to the team.

It sounds like Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops wants his fanbase to start contacting recruits. What?

The Mountain West Conference is still trying to negotiate a television home for its conference championship game.

Who are the top breakout candidates for Washington in 2013?

How will Casey Pachall and Trevone Boykin split the quarterback duties for TCU in 2013?

An Arizona safety was dismissed from the team after being charged with four felonies.

Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks had his request for a medical redshirt approved. 

One of Minnesota's offensive linemen has decided to give up football.

Rob Moseley previews Oregon's depth chart at running back for 2013.

Ole Miss quarterback Barry Brunetti was arrested in early May after a traffic incident.

Old Dominion and UNC Charlotte are having a bitter schedule dispute.

David Watford appears to be the frontrunner for Virginia's starting quarterback spot.

Why is Michigan State linebacker Taiwan Jones only a two-down player?


Houston plans on naming its starting quarterback two weeks into fall camp.

Texas quarterback David Ash says he played with broken ribs against TCU last season.

Where would Boise State fit if college football's top five conferences form their own division?
 

Kansas could be without one of its top linebacker recruits this season, and the status of receiver Nick Harwell is still unsettled.

UCLA safety Dietrich Riley will retire from football.
 

Here's an excellent roundup from SB Nation on some of the hot topics from ACC Media Days.

Former Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims is getting closer to finding his next home. 

Seven Nevada players are no longer on the roster.

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The college football season is right around the corner, which means it’s almost time for fantasy drafts. College fantasy leagues aren't as popular as their NFL counterparts, but there is plenty of interest in the college game each season. Need a witty or funny team name to impress your league counterparts? Check out these funny 45 college fantasy team names for 2013.

Jadeveon ClowneyClowney Question, Bro

Chubb Small World After All

Treadwell Lightly

Gurley Man

Tajh.0

50 Shades of Johnathan Gray

(Rashad) Greene With Envy

(Tyler) Lockett Up

(Yawin) Smallwood Needs Lovin' Too

Jackson Turner Overdrive

Too Many Brandin Cooks in the Kitchen

The League's Ameer (Abdullah) Player

In A Major Quandre (Diggs)

Shaq Attack

Max BulloughTo the Max Bullough

Calvin and the Chipmunks

Ring My Blake Bell

The Mighty Casey Pachall Strikes Out

Kiss My David Ash

Eric Ward of the State

Tevin Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

2 Much Johnson For You

Lache Key Kid

Jeckle & Carlos Hyde

My Posse's on (Terrance) Broadway

Chuckie Cheeses

Vad Case of Loving You

Keeping Up with The Butch Joneses

(Matt) Rhule Girls, One Cup

Jameis WinstonFamous Jameis

Johnny Come Lately

Everett Golson's Tutors

NCAA Playoffs?!

Mad Hatters

Tuscaluminati

Michigan Men

Herb Kirkstreit

Nkemdiche M'kay

Hotty Toddy Hotties

Colonel Reb Is Smiling

USC Sweater Puppies

Neon Nike Ducks

Black Mambas

Houndstooth Bears

Kingsbury Skinny Jeans



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Houston is making the move from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference in 2013.

And the Cougars will have some new uniforms to showcase in their new conference. This photo tweeted by (@UHCougarFB) indicates the program will have eight combinations to wear in 2013.

Personally, my favorite is the all red look. Check out Houston’s new uniforms for 2013:

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Earlier this offseason, Baylor released photos of its bright (and very shiny) gold helmet. There was plenty of buzz about the helmets then, but the attention ramped up during Big 12 Media Days.


In case you missed the photos circulating online of Baylor’s gold helmet, here’s a good look tweeted by (@Leabonics).

Some aren't a fan of the metallic gold look, but I think these are a pretty good addition for Baylor, especially as the program continues to increase its national profile under coach Art Briles.

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Fresno State is making a slight uniform upgrade for 2013. The Bulldogs aren’t doing away with their traditional white and red uniforms, but they will be adding a black uniform to the rotation. Fresno State plans to wear all black against Nevada on Nov. 2.

As this photo tweeted by (@UniWatch) showcases, this is a pretty solid look (especially the helmets) for Fresno State.

 

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Alabama’s athletic facility recently got a makeover. And needless to say, the renovations are ridiculous.

As this video showcases, there are plenty of new features for the players, including a lounge with pool tables and an arcade. And there’s a new locker room, a hallway showcasing all of the first-round draft picks under Nick Saban at Alabama, along with an updated weight room.

Every team in college football is chasing Alabama right now. And as these facilities show, the Crimson Tide will continue to attract and develop elite talent into future first-round draft picks.

 

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Tommy ReesDespite Notre Dame’s 42-14 loss to Alabama in the national championship game, there’s little doubt coach Brian Kelly has the Fighting Irish back on the right track.

Notre Dame’s hopes of repeating its undefeated regular season mark from last year took a hit after spring practice, as quarterback Everett Golson was suspended and won’t play in 2013. With Golson out of the picture, Kelly and coordinator Chuck Martin will turn to senior Tommy Rees once again. Rees played well in limited spots last year but will be throwing to a young receiving corps in 2013.

While the offense has a few question marks, the defense is expected to be one of the best in the nation once again. Eight starters are back for coordinator Bob Diaco, including end Stephon Tuitt and tackle Louis Nix III.

Notre Dame’s has one of the nation’s most difficult slates, as 11 bowl teams appear on the schedule for 2013.

What will Notre Dame's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 


Notre Dame's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions


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8/31 Temple
9/7 at Michigan
9/14 at Purdue
9/21 Michigan State
9/28 Oklahoma
10/5 Arizona State (Arlington)
10/19 USC
10/26 at Air Force
11/2 Navy
11/9 at Pittsburgh
11/23 BYU
11/30 at Stanford
Final Projection10-29-39-39-3


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Matching last year’s 12-1 mark is going to be a difficult task for Notre Dame. However, the Fighting Irish still have enough talent to finish 10-2 and qualify for a BCS bowl. Sure, the offense is going to be a struggle at times, but coach Brian Kelly did an excellent job at Cincinnati of mixing and matching quarterbacks to get the right results. While Rees will start, true freshman Malik Zaire could see some time in 2013. Notre Dame should be fine at running back, and the offensive line is solid with three starters back. The defense will miss linebacker Manti Te’o, but with eight starters back, the Fighting Irish figure to be a top-10 unit once again. There’s no question the schedule is among the nation’s best. However, I think Notre Dame will be able to squeeze 10 wins and play in a BCS bowl for the second consecutive season.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

Notre Dame's title hopes took a huge blow when Everett Golson was dismissed from school back in May. This was a top-10 team with a top-10 defense and a developing star at quarterback. I had the Irish at 11-1 and sniffing around the outskirts of the BCS National Championships conversation with Golson under center. Now I have concerns about the offense competing against the better offenses — Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona State and Stanford. The defensive line will carry this team to wins most weekends, but the offense will have to win a close game or two and I don't see Tommy Rees doing that. Look for Malik Zaire to enter the starting lineup after a loss to Arizona State on a fast track in Cowboys Stadium on October 5.

David Fox (@DavidFox615)
It’s obvious to say, but so much of this season is going to depend on the quarterback situation. Notre Dame may end up missing Everett Golson more than Manti Te’o. The defense will be fine, especially up front. Whether Notre Dame turns to Tommy Rees or the freshman Malik Zaire, the quarterback position is going to be hard-pressed to lead a 10-win effort, particularly with road games against quality opponents like Michigan and Stanford. I’d pick Notre Dame to split the games against Oklahoma and Arizona State. I’ve picked Arizona State because the Sun Devils have a bit of momentum, the game’s on a neutral site and Todd Graham has done OK against Notre Dame and Brian Kelly in the past.

Mark Ross
If Brian Kelly wants to lead Notre Dame back to a BCS bowl, the Fighting Irish need at least nine wins in the regular season to remain in the conversation. I think that's exactly where this team will land by the end of November after navigating a rugged schedule. Road games in Ann Arbor and Stanford won't be easy and the Irish also can't look past Arizona State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In fact, I think Notre Dame's postseason destiny could likely come down to back-to-back games against Oklahoma at home and the neutral-site matchup with the Sun Devils. Win both and the Irish should be well-positioned for another BCS berth. Lose both and any hopes of a repeat appearance are all but gone. A split isn't a season-breaker, necessarily, but it certainly decreases Notre Dame's margin of error the rest of the way.

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Jameis WinstonEvery year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task.

The ACC has a solid group of players waiting to break out in 2013, including Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. The redshirt freshman already has an enormous preseason buzz thanks to a strong performance this spring, but his emergence will keep the Seminoles in the hunt for a top-10 finish in the final BCS standings and a big-time bowl in 2013. On the defensive side, Clemson safety Travis Blanks and Virginia’s Eli Harold are two players to watch this year.

Defining what is a breakout player is nearly impossible. Everyone has a different perspective on how players are viewed around the conference and nationally. Athlon's list of breakout players for 2013 tries to take into account which names will be known nationally (not just within the conference) by the end of season. So while some of these players on this list are known to fans of a particular team, the rest of the conference or nation might not be as familiar. 

ACC Breakout Players for 2013

Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh’s offensive line has been under the spotlight over the last few years, as the unit has struggled to find consistency. And there's plenty of work ahead for coach Paul Chryst, as the Panthers allowed 38 sacks last season and must replace center Ryan Turnley and guard Chris Jacobson. However, there’s reason for hope in the trenches for 2013. True freshman Dorian Johnson could stabilize the right side, and the coaching staff is excited about the potential of Bisnowaty at left tackle. After spending last year as a redshirt, the Pittsburgh native is poised to start from the opening snap and protect the blindside for quarterback Tom Savage.

Travis Blanks, S, Clemson
The ACC doesn’t have many returning standouts at safety this year, so there’s an opportunity for players like Blanks to become a household name by the end of 2013. The Tallahassee native was regarded as a top-15 recruit by ESPN in the 2012 signing class, and the Clemson coaching staff wasted no time getting him on the field. Blanks played in 13 contests and recorded 51 tackles, seven pass breakups and one interception in 2012. He was named Clemson’s defensive player of the game against Ball State and recorded eight stops in the 49-37 loss to Florida State. With the Tigers entering their second season under coordinator Brent Venables, this unit expects to take a step forward in 2013 and should finish higher than seventh in the ACC in yards allowed. If Blanks builds off a strong freshman effort, he could be one of the conference’s top safeties in 2013.

Anthony Boone, QB, Duke
Duke coach David Cutcliffe has an excellent track record when it comes to developing quarterbacks, so it’s no surprise most around Durham aren’t sweating the transition from Sean Renfree to Boone. The junior shined in limited work last season, which included an impressive 212-yard and four touchdown performance in a 42-17 win over Virginia last year. Boone was steady as a passer in limited work in 2012, but he also gives Duke more of a running threat at quarterback. Even though Renfree and receiver Conner Vernon will be missed, Boone’s emergence will keep Duke’s offense performing at a high level once again in 2013.

Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse
Bromley has developed into a steady performer for Syracuse’s defensive line, and in his senior year, the New York native is poised to push for all-conference honors. In 13 games last season, Bromley recorded 39 tackles and 2.5 tackles for a loss. The 2012 numbers were a slight improvement from 2011, as Bromley made 32 stops and 1.5 sacks in his first year as a starter. As a defensive tackle, Bromley isn’t going to record huge tackle or sack totals. However, after battling an ankle injury last year, the senior is poised to jump onto the radar for NFL scouts and is expected to be a key piece in Syracuse’s defense. 

Deon Bush, S, Miami
Finding answers on defense is the top priority for Miami coach Al Golden this offseason. The Hurricanes ranked last in the ACC in rushing, pass and total defense, and coordinator Mark D’Onofrio will have seven new full-time starters stepping into the lineup. Bush was one of the few bright spots for Miami last year, as he recorded 34 stops, three forced fumbles and one tackle for a loss. Even though he’s only a sophomore, Bush should be a leader in Miami’s secondary in 2013 and is expected to push for All-ACC honors.

Brandon Chubb, LB, Wake Forest
Eight starters are back for the Demon Deacons defense, which should easily allow this unit to improve off of a lackluster 2012 campaign. Chubb played sparingly in his redshirt freshman campaign and finished the year with 22 tackles in 12 contests. The sophomore has excellent bloodlines, as his father (Aaron) played at Georgia from 1985-88 and was drafted by the Patriots in 1989. Chubb made his biggest impact on special teams last season but is slated to slide into the starting lineup on defense in 2013. If Chubb translates his production and potential from special teams to defense, Wake Forest’s linebacking corps could be among the best in the ACC.

Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State
Even with Xavier Rhodes departing Tallahassee for the NFL, Florida State’s secondary should be among the nation’s best in 2013. Lamarcus Joyner will slide from safety to corner to help replace Rhodes, but Darby’s emergence is another factor helping to keep the Seminoles near the top of the ACC in pass defense. The Maryland native was solid in his debut season, recording 22 tackles and eight pass breakups. Darby missed spring practice due to injury, but the sophomore should slide into a starting spot over Nick Waisome this fall. New coordinator Jeremy Pruitt will make some tweaks to Florida State’s defense, which is expected to include more press coverage. All signs point to Darby emerging as one of the ACC’s top cornerbacks this year.

Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State
The Seminoles lose four key players from a defensive line that played a significant role in finishing first in the ACC in rush defense, along with ranking sixth nationally in points allowed. While ends Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine will be missed, there’s no shortage of talent returning to Tallahassee. The next star on Florida State’s line should be Edwards, who was pressed into action after an early-season injury to Brandon Jenkins. Although it was a small sample size, Edwards showcased why he was one of the top recruits in the 2012 signing class, recording 17 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss. With a full offseason to work in the weight room and learn under new ends coach Sal Sunseri, Edwards is primed for a breakout year in Tallahassee.

Alex Figueroa, LB, Miami
Much like every area on the Miami defense, the linebacking corps has plenty of room to improve in 2013. And this unit will feature a revamped starting trio in 2013, as Gionni Paul and Eddie Johnson did not return to the team. Junior Denzel Perryman is a good place to start the rebuilding effort, but the Hurricanes are excited about the potential of Figueroa. The true freshman finished spring practice as a starter on the depth chart and appears poised to hold onto the job this fall. At 6-foot-3 and 233 pounds, Figueroa has the size to provide some much-needed punch to Miami’s lackluster run defense.

Eli Harold, DE, Virginia
It’s an overused cliché, but Virginia’s defense should be more aggressive in 2013. Jon Tenuta joins the Cavaliers’ staff from NC State, and the veteran coordinator has promised to turn up the pressure on opposing quarterbacks this year. Harold should benefit from the change in schemes and is expected to be the unit’s top pass-rusher. In 12 games last year as a true freshman, Harold recorded 36 stops, two sacks and one forced fumble. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, the Virginia native has the athleticism to be a standout pass-rusher and could easily triple his sack total from last season under Tenuta’s direction.

Demitri Knowles, WR, Virginia Tech
After finishing third in the ACC in total offense in 2011, the Hokies backtracked in 2012, ranking ninth in the conference. As a result of the struggles, coach Frank Beamer decided to revamp his offensive staff, with Scot Loeffler coming over from Auburn to call the plays. Loeffler is tasked with getting quarterback Logan Thomas back on track, but Thomas also needs more help from his supporting cast. The Hokies must replace their top three receivers from last year, including Marcus Davis (51 catches) and Corey Fuller (43 receptions). Knowles grabbed 19 receptions for 240 yards and one score as a true freshman and returned one kickoff for a score. D.J. Coles is back after missing most of last year with a knee injury, but the pressure is on Knowles to be one of the go-to (if not No. 1) targets for Virginia Tech.

Vad Lee, QB, Georgia Tech
Fans of the ACC are certainly familiar with Lee, but the rest of the college football world should take notice of the sophomore in 2013. The North Carolina native did not record a start under center but played in 12 of Georgia Tech’s 14 contests. Lee threw for 596 yards and four touchdowns and showcased his athleticism by averaging 5.7 yards per carry on 96 attempts. He scored nine times on 96 attempts and had a 79-yard run against Presbyterian. Lee doesn’t have to be a dynamic thrower in Georgia Tech’s option attack, but he should be an upgrade in the passing attack over Tevin Washington.

Jordan Leggett, TE, Clemson
After Dwayne Allen and Brandon Ford shined under the tutelage of coordinator Chad Morris, it's easy to pinpoint Leggett as Clemson’s next star at tight end. The true freshman will be pressed into significant time this year, as the Tigers lost expected starter Sam Cooper to a torn ACL in the spring. Leggett had a strong performance in the spring game, catching seven passes for 97 yards and one score. It’s always tough for a true freshman to transition into a starting role for the season opener, but Leggett is expected to play plenty of snaps in 2013.

Deon Long, WR, Maryland
Stefon Diggs is already one of the ACC’s top receivers, and Long’s arrival should give quarterback C.J. Brown (or Ricardo Young) another dangerous weapon in the passing attack. Long played at New Mexico in 2010 and transferred to play at Iowa Western in 2011. In one year on the JUCO level, Long dominated the competition, catching 100 passes (most NJCAA history) for 1,625 yards and 25 scores. Long will require an adjustment period after transferring from the junior college ranks, but his presence will help take some of the pressure off of Diggs.

Brandon Mitchell, QB, NC State
As a graduate transfer, Mitchell has a short window of opportunity to make an impact at NC State. In three seasons with Arkansas, the Louisiana native completed 25 of 43 passes for 332 yards and three scores, while rushing for 75 yards and two touchdowns. Mitchell also showcased his athletic ability by playing some snaps at receiver. If you want an idea of the offense coach Dave Doeren and coordinator Matt Canada want to install in Raleigh, take a look at Northern Illinois last season, which featured dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch. Mitchell is the best fit for the offense on NC State’s roster, but he also has to overcome having only one set of practices to get familiar with his new team and offense.

Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
With DeAndre Hopkins leaving for the NFL, Clemson is looking for a No. 2 target to pair with Sammy Watkins. And the coaching staff hopes Peake – a former top-100 recruit – is ready to fill that void. The South Carolina native grabbed four receptions as a true freshman in 2011 but increased his totals to 25 catches for 172 yards and two scores last year. With excellent speed and size (6-foot-3), along with two seasons of experience under his belt, Peake’s junior season should be his breakout campaign.

Caleb Peterson, OG, North Carolina
The Tar Heels simply won’t replace Jonathan Cooper’s production at guard this year. However, the offensive line still has pieces to build around, as tackle James Hurst is one of the best in the ACC and center Russell Bodine is a two-year starter. Peterson has big shoes to fill as he tries to replace Cooper, but the Alabama native was regarded as a four-star prospect in the 2012 signing class. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound guard will have a tough introduction to college football with a date against South Carolina in the opener. However, Peterson has the talent to stabilize the guard position and emerge as a strength by the end of the year.

Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
Williams has flashed potential throughout his career and is poised to shine under new coach Steve Addazio. The Pennsylvania native has recorded 1,582 rushing yards and 10 scores in his career but has never topped more than 605 yards in a single season. With Addazio likely to rely more on the run, Boston College returning three starters on the offensive line, and question marks about the depth at running back, Williams could push for 1,000 yards in 2013. And with a lack of standouts returning in the ACC at this position, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Williams make a run at All-ACC honors.

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Considering Winston’s preseason buzz has reached meteoric levels, he might be a little too obvious to put on this list. However, the redshirt freshman has the talent to have a breakout year similar to what Texas A&M got from Johnny Manziel last season. Of course, a Heisman Trophy is simply too much to ask from Winston this year, but the Alabama native will be a difference maker for Florida State, especially with one of the ACC’s best supporting casts at his disposal. If Winston lives up to the hype, the Seminoles could match last year’s 12 wins.

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Post date: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 07:20
Path: /college-football/college-footballs-link-roundup-july-23
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One day closer to August, which means we are one day closer to the start of the 2013 season.

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College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Tuesday, July 23rd

Syracuse and Maryland will likely play in a non-conference series once the Terrapins depart for the Big Ten.

Is Michael Dyer close to joining Louisville for the 2013 season?

Wake Forest could be without running back Josh Harris this year.

Is Jay-Z courting South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney? 

Will the ACC's decline stunt Florida State's rebirth?

Michigan State receiver A.J. Troup will miss 2013 due to a knee injury.

Who are the most engaged fanbases in college football?

Are the BCS schools close to breaking away for a new division in college football? It sounds like it's more of a possibility after listening to the conference commissioners at media days.

Wisconsin's incoming JUCO quarterback Tanner McEvoy was the victim of a robbery in Madison.

The charges against Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison have been dropped.

Miami coach Al Golden has a gameplan for incoming freshman Corn Elder.

Memphis is expected to land Nebraska transfer Chase Rome

One of the top freshmen in Oklahoma State's recruiting class has decided to leave the team. 

Washington should expect better production from its linebackers this year.

Counting down the top 25 Oregon State players for 2013.

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College Football's Link Roundup: July 23
Post date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 17:16
Path: /college-football/nevada-updates-helmet-2013
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Change is the key word in Reno this year, as Nevada will have a new head coach (Brian Polian), and the team has to replace some key players on both sides of the ball.

The Wolf Pack is also updating their helmets this year, as they will wear a white variation in 2013. The blue version is pretty sharp and the same can be said about this new white scheme.

Photo tweeted by Chris Murray of Reno Gazette-Journal

 

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Nevada Wolf Pack updates helmet for 2013.
Post date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 11:30
Path: /college-football/ulm-unveils-new-uniforms-2013
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ULM is expected to be one of the top contenders in the Sun Belt this year, and the Warhawks will sport some new jerseys in pursuit of the conference title. 

These aren't a drastic switch from last season's uniform, but overall, this is a pretty solid look for ULM.

 

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ULM Unveils New Uniforms for 2013
Post date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 10:30
Path: /college-football/frank-beamers-hilarious-acc-photo-booth-session
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A photo is worth a thousand words right? Well of course, except when there are times when a photo leaves you speechless.

Some of the ACC coaches spent some time in the photo booth at the conference's media days, and needless to say, Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer had some interesting photos. 

These two photos found their way onto the ACC's official twitter account...interesting aren't they?

 

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Post date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 10:00
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With the college football season just around the corner, it seems there is a different preseason poll or prediction released every day. This time, it’s the LVH, as it has released its over/under win totals for 2013.

There are some interesting totals in the over/under projections, as Louisville at 10.5 and UCLA at 6.5 seem a little low.

Athlon Sports will have more on these over/under projections over the next couple of weeks, as we will take a look at the numbers by conference.

For now, check out these over/under totals from the LVH:

 

TeamProjected Wins
Alabama11
Ohio State10.5
Oregon11
Louisville10.5
Boise State9.5
Clemson9.5
Florida State10
Texas9.5
BYU7.5
Georgia9.5
Nebraska9.5
South Carolina9.5
Stanford9.5
Florida9
LSU8.5
Miami8.5
Notre Dame8.5
Oklahoma State9.5
TCU8
Texas A&M9.5
USC9.5
Arizona State8
Michigan8.5
Michigan State8.5
Oklahoma9
Ole Miss7.5
Oregon State8
UCLA6.5
Wisconsin9
Kansas State7
Washington7.5
Northwestern7.5
Utah5.5
Nevada6
UNLV3.5

 

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LVH Releases CFB Projected Win Totals
Post date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 09:30
Path: /college-football/north-carolina-showcases-new-helmets-acc-media-days
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Back in April, North Carolina unveiled some slight tweaks to its jersey and helmet combination for 2013.

And with ACC Media Days ongoing, the college football world is getting a better look at the Tar Heels’ new look.

Here’s the updated look at the Carolina blue helmet, which features a black logo and stripe at the top.

 

New North Carolina helmet

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North Carolina Showcases New Helmets at ACC Media Days
Post date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 08:45
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Texas A&M Aggies, SEC, News
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Kevin SumlinTexas A&M took the SEC by storm last year. The Aggies won 11 games for the first time since 1998, soundly defeated Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, and quarterback Johnny Manziel claimed the Heisman Trophy after recording 5,116 yards and 47 total touchdowns. And of course, there was the huge upset win over Alabama in mid-November.

The Aggies have their sights set even higher in 2013, as coach Kevin Sumlin’s team is poised to push for the national championship. With Manziel returning, along with a deep backfield, Texas A&M’s offense should once again be one of the best in the SEC. The defense has to get better against the run, but the secondary is expected to take a step forward in 2013, especially with De’Vante Harris and Deshazor Everett back to anchor the corner spots.

Texas A&M isn’t without question marks, as the front seven on defense is an issue, and the coaching staff needs to find a few weapons at receiver for Manziel.

What will Texas A&M's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 


Texas A&M's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions
 

Game Steven
Lassan
Mark 
Ross
David
Fox
Braden
Gall
Josh
Ward
SEC
Logo
8/31 Rice 
9/7 Sam Houston State 
9/14 Alabama 
9/21 SMU 
9/28 at Arkansas 
10/12 at Ole Miss 
10/19 Auburn 
10/26 Vanderbilt 
11/2 UTEP 
11/9 Mississippi State 
11/23 at LSU 
11/30 at Missouri 
Final Projection 10-210-210-211-110-210-2


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Texas A&M may find its second year in the SEC a little tougher than its debut. However, make no mistake, the Aggies are still one of the nation’s top-10 teams and a threat to play for the national championship. Even though tackle Luke Joeckel and starting center Patrick Lewis must be replaced, Texas A&M’s offensive line remains one of the best in the nation. And while quarterback Johnny Manziel may not match last year’s production, the sophomore is still in for a big year. The biggest question mark for the Aggies is the defense. Texas A&M returns five starters on that side of the ball, and replacements must be found for defensive end Damontre Moore and two starting linebackers. The secondary should take a step forward in 2013, but getting after the quarterback and stopping the run will be a concern. Even though the Aggies won in Tuscaloosa last year, I think the Crimson Tide get revenge on Sept. 14. I have Texas A&M losing to LSU on Nov. 23, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Ole Miss knock off the Aggies on Oct. 12. Even with a few personnel voids to fill (and potentially two losses in SEC play), Texas A&M should be in the mix for a BCS bowl in 2013.

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

As far as SEC schedules go, Texas A&M's 2013 slate isn't nearly as daunting as one would think for an SEC West team. The non-conference slate is a joke and crossover play with the East won't feature any of the big three (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina). Road trips to LSU and Ole Miss will be tricky but the Aggies could be favored in both games. Johnny Manziel has had an eventful offseason but when he is on the field, he has ice in his veins. This team is talented enough to win in Baton Rouge and Oxford but isn't deep enough to win the division. Yet.

Josh Ward, (@Josh_Ward), Mr. SEC
Texas A&M’s week three matchup against Alabama should probably be listed in bold. That game has led every list of must-see games in the 2013 season. I have Alabama winning the rematch of last year’s classic in Tuscaloosa. Don’t be surprised to see the Aggies and Crimson Tide put plenty of points on the board. Texas A&M should still be in fine shape even if it loses to Alabama. Texas A&M will have to be ready when it travels to Ole Miss, a team that was close to beating the Aggies last year. Texas A&M’s next true test will be on the road against LSU, which I have beating Texas A&M. That leaves the Aggies with a solid 10-2 record, although losses to Alabama and LSU would likely keep Texas A&M out of the SEC Championship Game.


David Fox (@DavidFox615)
Texas A&M is far better than I would have predicted for its first two years in the SEC. This was a program that barely kept its head above water in the Big 12, and now the Aggies are flourishing as an SEC team. That said, I wonder if Texas A&M seduced us with the late season win over Alabama and a bowl rout of Oklahoma. The Aggies are still going to be very good, but a repeat win over Alabama is tough to pick. Remember, last year Alabama faced Texas A&M after an emotional 21-17 win at LSU. The Tide get A&M after an off week this season, and Nick Saban’s Alabama teams rarely lose to the same team twice in a row. Chances are, Alabama’s more prepared and motivated for that game than any other on the schedule. I picked LSU to defeat Texas A&M, too. The Tigers are rebuilding on defense, but I like LSU to be ready to take on A&M by the end of the year. Overall, I’m a skeptic of Texas A&M. There may be one more loss in there, but it’s tough to pick Auburn, Mississippi State or Vanderbilt to win in College Station.

SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo)
Raise your hand if you had ever heard of Johnny Manziel when Texas A&M joined the SEC last summer.  Keep it up if you predicted he would win the Heisman...  That's what I thought. 5,116 total yards in his first season later, and here we are. Texas A&M will legitimately compete for the SEC West Title this season, and it starts Sept 14th. You may have heard about a certain team form Alabama making their first trip as SEC foes to College Station, TX.  It's the most anticipated game of 2013, and still I have my doubts.  It's surprising to think a 10-2 season would be disappointing, but with Manziel an that offense, it would be. What role will the loss of 2 stud linemen to the NFL and Kliff Kingbury do for the Aggies?  What about going into Death Valley vs LSU, most likely in a night game? Name to remember: Ricky Seals-Jones, WR
 

Mark Ross
Texas A&M gets Alabama at home, but you know the Crimson Tide, especially the defense, have had this one circled on their calendars for quite some time. If Johnny Manziel befuddles Nick Saban's team a second time, he may win another Heisman by default. Another SEC West foe that's probably licking its chops is LSU, as Manziel and company will more than likely get a taste of the Saturday night experience that is Death Valley. Even if it's not a night game, Tiger Stadium will be a tough test for the Aggies. Even with these two losses, another 10-win regular season for Kevin Sumlin's team is quite remarkable, especially considering some of the key personnel, such as Luke Joeckel and Damontre Moore to name a few, they lost from last year's squad.


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Texas A&M Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2013
Post date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 07:20
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Florida Gators, SEC, News
Path: /college-football/florida-football-game-game-predictions-2013
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Will MuschampFlorida lived a little dangerous last season, as the Gators had five games decided by eight points or less.

However, thanks to a defense that allowed just 14.5 points a game, Florida finished the regular season at 11-1 and played in a BCS bowl for the first time since the 2009 season. The Gators were defeated by Louisville 33-23 in the Sugar Bowl, but coach Will Muschamp seems to have Florida back on track to being an annual top 10-15 team.

The Gators return eight starters for 2013, including quarterback Jeff Driskel. The defense loses a couple of key players, but this unit will regain the services of end/linebacker Ronald Powell – who missed all of last season with an injury – and the secondary is one of the best in college football.

The schedule makers certainly didn’t give Florida many breaks in 2013. The Gators have to travel to Miami in Week 2, play at LSU in mid-October and finish SEC action with a road trip to South Carolina on Nov. 16.

What will Florida's record at the end of the 2013 regular season? Athlon’s panel of experts debates: 

Florida's 2013 Game-by-Game Predictions

 

GameSteven
Lassan
David
Fox
SEC
Logo
Mark
Ross 
Braden
Gall
Josh
Ward
8/31 Toledo
9/7 at Miami
9/21 Tennessee
9/28 at Kentucky
10/5 Arkansas
10/12 at LSU
10/19 at Missouri
11/2 Georgia (Jacksonville)
11/9 Vanderbilt
11/16 at South Carolina
11/23 Georgia Southern
11/30 Florida State
Final Projection9-39-311-19-310-210-2


Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
How high Florida can climb in the SEC East standings will depend largely on an offense that ranked 10th in the conference in scoring last year. Despite the departure of a couple of key defenders, the Gators should still have one of the SEC’s best defenses. However, the offense struggled to find a consistent passing attack in 2012, and much of the same core is back for 2013. The offense has to replace running back Mike Gillislee, and still needs to find a couple of playmakers at receiver. The offensive line should be better with the addition of two transfers, but quarterback Jeff Driskel has to take the next step in his development. Winning the turnover battle was a key reason why Florida was 4-1 in one-score games last season, and the Gators need similar production in 2013. Much like my South Carolina prediction, I’m guessing Florida will end up 9-3. Maybe it’s not a loss to at Missouri (the Tigers only lost by seven in the Swamp last year), but I think the Gators will lose three times in 2013.

Josh Ward, (@Josh_Ward), Mr. SEC
The first five weeks look favorable for Florida, which really only faces one tough test (week 2 at Miami) before traveling to LSU. The Tigers’ health could be a question that week as they will be coming off consecutive road trips to Georgia and Mississippi State. If LSU is healthy, the Tigers should be able to take advantage of their home field and beat Florida. The Gators’ next three games – Missouri, Georgia and Vanderbilt – will all be tough, but I have Florida escaping all of them. But not South Carolina. The Gamecocks were too beaten up when they lost in Gainesville last year. A bye week should have them more prepared for Florida this time around. That leaves the Gators with a 10-2 record, which should put them in contention for an SEC Eastern Division title.


David Fox (@DavidFox615)

I have no idea what to make of Florida, and my picks probably reflect that. Georgia and Florida State are going to be really good, yet I have Florida winning both of those matchups. Miami might not have as good a final record as Florida, but I’ve picked the Hurricanes here. The Gators are going to be the same kind of team they were last season: Stingy on defense, but limited on offense. Florida did a lot of things great teams do last season — executing second-half adjustments and pouncing on opponents’ mistakes. But the ball control game and limitations in the passing attack mean Florida is going to be in a ton of close games again. That formula may meet its match against a high-powered offense like Miami or on the road against a team that does the same thing well (LSU, South Carolina).

SEC Logo (@SEC_Logo)
The Gators could have the best defense in the SEC. They are stacked with names like Easley, Purifoy, Roberson, Morrison, Fowler, Powell and Bullard. Last year, Florida’s D had 20 INT’s (no fly zone), 7th best mark in the nation. It’s a pretty tricky schedule, at Miami, at LSU, Georgia, at South Carolina and FSU.  They will get a bye week early before Tennessee and another five weeks later before Georgia. Now to the bad, last year they finished 118th in the country in passing, averaging 143.6 YPG. You cannot win a National Championship with numbers like that. Name to remember: Matt Jones, RB

Braden Gall (@BradenGall)

The Gators' offense will be much improved in 2013 and it should be on full display in an early non-conference test with Miami in South Florida. Should it win in Miami, Florida will be 5-0 heading into Baton Rouge to battle LSU in what could be a top 10 match-up. Should it handle it's business against teams like Florida State, Missouri and Vanderbilt in the second half, Will Muschamp will be starring directly at another 10-win season. Bouts with Georgia and South Carolina loom large in the first three weeks of November and a split either way would give the Gators a shot at a trip to Atlanta.

 

Mark Ross
Unfortunately for Florida, it didn't get many breaks when it came to scheduling. The Gators' three toughest SEC games are at LSU and South Carolina and the annual cocktail party with Georgia in Jacksonville. I've got Florida coming out on the losing end of all three of those, but beating both Miami and Florida State to capture the Sunshine State crown isn't too bad of a consolation prize, right?


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Florida Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2013
Post date: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 07:15
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As you may remember, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had some interesting comments at SEC Media Days last week. The junior noted Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, Georgia's Aaron Murray and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson were all scared when they played South Carolina last season.

Well, the tables were turned this week, as Boyd had a chance to respond to Clowney at ACC Media Days:

 

 

Expect to see plenty of highlights from both players this fall, but you can expect Boyd to have the Nov. 30 date circled when Clemson takes on South Carolina.

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Tajh Boyd Responds to Jadeveon Clowney (Video)
Post date: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 17:00
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More conference media days this week and plenty of news from around the college football world. Kickoff is just over a month away. 
 

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College Football's Must-Read Stories Around the Web for Monday, July 22nd

 

In case you missed it, no press release will top the one FIU had to send out on Friday.

A great feature from Lost Lettermen: Can Brady Hoke Match Urban Meyer?

And Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison has one of the most bizarre arrests in recent memory. Due to his arrest over the weekend, the sophomore is suspended for the first two games of the season.

These are always fun to read: The Big Ten Network’s 2013 mock draft.

Auburn picked up one of the top JUCO recruits for the 2014 signing class.

A humorous look at SEC Media Days: What everyone really meant to say.

Some bad news for North Carolina in its ongoing academic scandal.

What changes should be expected from LSU’s offense with Cam Cameron calling the plays?

Is Utah a candidate to play a game in China? And what are the Utes' biggest concerns going into the 2013 season?


Colorado is expected to pickup a transfer from Pittsburgh. But the Buffaloes lost another quarterback over the weekend.

John Cassillo of Atlantic Coast Convos takes a look at the defensive lines in the conference for 2013.

Syracuse has released its preseason depth chart. There's no Drew Allen at quarterback on the two-deep, but that is expected to change this fall.

A little late on this one, but here’s an excellent read from Brandon Marcello on Gus Malzahn, Houston Nutt and Mitch Mustain.

West Virginia defensive lineman Korey Harris is no longer with the team. The defensive tackle was arrested on first-degree armed robbery charges earlier this month. (You have to read how he was identified by the victims).

Could two redshirt freshmen start on Michigan’s offensive line this year?

Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck has a broken jaw from sleep apnea surgery.

Should Iowa State expand Jack Trice Stadium?

Mississippi State is making a slight change on offense this year.

Could Penn State ask the NCAA to reduce its sanctions in the near future

Texas has a couple of players on the mend as fall practice approaches.

Three MTSU players have been suspended indefinitely from the team due to an off-the-field incident.

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College Football's Link Roundup: July 22
Post date: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 15:42
Path: /college-football/ohio-state-rb-carlos-hyde-dismissed-team
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Ohio State’s national title hopes took a slight hit on Monday, as running back Carlos Hyde was indefinitely suspended. The Columbus Dispatch reported Hyde was dismissed on Monday morning, which came after reports the running back had been involved in an incident at a bar. However, the school announced Hyde had been suspended later in the day.

Hyde’s suspension isn’t a huge blow to Ohio State, but it does take away one of the Big Ten’s top running backs. The senior ranked second on the team in rushing yards last season, recording 970 yards and 16 touchdowns on 185 attempts. Hyde will likely return at some point in 2013, but the suspension length could vary depending on the outcome of the investigation. 

With Hyde out of the picture for now, the Buckeyes will lean on junior Rod Smith, sophomore Bri’onte Dunn and redshirt freshman Warren Ball. Incoming freshman Ezekiel Elliott is also expected to factor into the mix, while hybrid receiver/running back Jordan Hall will factor prominently into the offense.

There’s no question that Hyde will be missed, but if there was one position where Ohio State has depth, it’s at running back. And with quarterback Braxton Miller returning, the Buckeyes should remain one of the Big Ten’s top rushing attacks in 2013.

Losing Hyde for a short period of time isn’t going to derail Ohio State’s national title hopes, but this certainly isn’t something that coach Urban Meyer wanted to be dealing with just a month before the season starts.

Ohio State's Leading Returning Rushers for 2013 (outside of Carlos Hyde)
 

PlayerAttemptsYardsTDs
Braxton Miller2271,27113
Jordan Hall402181
Rod Smith322152
Bri'onte Dunn251332

 

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Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde Dismissed From Team
Post date: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 12:20
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For the first time in a couple of years, Big 12 Media Days didn’t have to deal much with realignment questions. With the immediate future secure, the conference is working on its branding, which includes a new logo.

This logo was released by the conference today and is expected to take over as the official mark of the Big 12 by next July.
 

 

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Big 12 Unveils New Logo at Media Days
Post date: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 11:15
Path: /college-football/mississippi-state-wear-gold-helmet-egg-bowl
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The Egg Bowl matchup between Ole Miss and Mississippi State should have plenty of added interest around the nation this year, as the heated rivalry has moved to Thanksgiving night.

After winning three straight games in this series, Mississippi State fell 41-24 to the Rebels in Oxford last year.

The scene shifts back to Starkville this year, and there’s some rumblings Mississippi State might wear a gold helmet for the Thanksgiving night affair.

As this photo by @BonnieBlue_Bell shows, the Bulldogs could be sporting some rather shiny and gold helmets for the Egg Bowl.

 

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Mississippi State to Wear Gold Helmet in Egg Bowl?
Post date: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 10:30
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Florida Gators, SEC, News
Path: /college-football/florida-lb-antonio-morrison-gets-taiwanese-animation-treatment
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Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons this offseason.

First, there was an arrest on June 16 for punching a bouncer. Then on Sunday morning, Morrison was arrested for harassing a police animal. Yes, you read that correctly.

As a result of Morrison’s arrest, he has received the Taiwanese animation treatment. And there are appearances by Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Florida coach Will Muschamp. Needless to say, this is worth just over a minute of your time.

 

 

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Florida LB Antonio Morrison Gets Taiwanese Animation Treatment
Post date: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 10:14
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Kentucky Wildcats, SEC, News
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The Mark Stoops era at Kentucky is already off to a fast start, as the Wildcats have one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. And as Stoops looks to build an identity and breathe some life into the program, Kentucky could be looking at updating its helmets and jerseys for 2013.

This photo tweeted by recruit Matt Elam showcases Kentucky’s matte black helmet and gray jersey.

Is it just something for show? Or will we see it in a game this year?

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Post date: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 09:30
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Ole Miss Rebels, SEC, News
Path: /college-football/chrome-helmets-ole-miss
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Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze created plenty of buzz on the recruiting trail with a top-10 recruiting class. But are the Rebels going to make some more noise in the helmet department?

This photo showcases a chrome Ole Miss helmet (which is a pretty sharp look). However, it’s uncertain if this look will be worn in a game this year, or if this is just a concept look created for recruiting purposes.

Either way, it’s a shiny (and potentially awesome) look for Ole Miss.

 

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Chrome Helmets for Ole Miss?
Post date: Monday, July 22, 2013 - 08:45

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